Although the Basel Fasnacht (Fasching, Carnival) is the largest carnival celebration in Switzerland and largest protestant carnival in the world, it is not the only tradition in the region. Over dinner last weekend Louisa and David invited me to join them in nearby Liestal for the tradition of the Chienbäse parade.

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Spring Exuberance

Last year after such a terrible 2012 and its particularly long winter, I spoke of spring exuberance as the weather grew warmer and was so grateful for the change in season as well as the changes in our lives.

This year we are generally much happier, though that is not stopping a renewal of spring exuberance for 2014. The weather has been fantastic and we have been keeping busy.

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